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Sharky's Machine (1981)

Tom Sharky is demoted to vice after a bust goes terribly wrong. He and his team stumble across a mob murder tied to prostitution and government.

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Cast

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Victor Scorelli
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Papa
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Lt. Friscoe
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Donald Hotchkins
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Arch
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Billy Score
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Nosh
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Smiley
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Joe Tipps
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Mabel
Hari Rhodes ...
Highball Mary
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Barrett
James O'Connell ...
Twigs
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Storyline

Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself. Written by Unknown

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Burt is Sharky. Nobody leans on Sharky's Machine! See more »


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18 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Brigada Anti-Crime  »

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Forrest Sawyer: The newsreader of CBS, ABC and NBC Nightly News fame as a news announcer appearing near the end of the film. All of the newsreaders in the film are local Atlanta newscasters. See more »

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After Arch climbs over Papa's dead body on the stairwell, Papa moves his head. See more »

Quotes

Sharky: You all right, partner?
Arch: Of course not, you asshole. I'm shot!
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Remade as Sharky's Machine See more »

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Let's Keep Dancing
Performed by Peggy Lee
By Cliff Crofford (as C. Crofford), John Durrill (as J. Durrill), Bobby Troup (as B. Troup) & Snuff Garrett (as S. Garrett)
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One of the best (if not the best) films Reynolds ever made
17 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superb, brutal, hard-boiled crime drama starring Burt Reynolds as a burned-out Atlanta cop transferred to the absolute slime hole of Atlanta's vice department after a drug deal turns sour. He's assigned to watch a high-class prostitute (Rachel Ward) and eventually gets caught up in some political double-dealing.

Superb action and a serious performance by Reynolds make this one a winner. It's also a complete change from the silly, lighter stuff that Reynolds had been doing for years prior to this. His performance was waning somewhat and this was a great way for him to prove he still had it.

One of the things I love about this movie is the texture of grit and sleaze. It really feels like a brutal, hellhole world that these guys live in. At the same time, the film finds ways to interject humor at the coolest moments. Henry Silva's villain is another strong point. There is a moment near the end where you see his gasping and wheezing silhouetted form, rasping out Sharky's name. It's a hard image to shake from your mind.


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